This week I received two emails from readers that have just made me float. The first was from a reader who read my SBS article about having a bipolar mother and was also from a Eastern European background and had struggled with processing her childhood trauma. Her question was did writing my memoir help me process my trauma, and the answer is wholeheartedly that it did. Writing my memoir was a cathartic blessing and made me process and understand my mother's life, and develop a greater appreciation and love for her. The second one was from a reader of Serb background who read my article about St Albans and loved it as it spoke to their experience.
These are the moments when I realise the power of the written the word and writing authentically about our own experiences. While we write for us, we are able to help articulate the universal and connect with strangers.
I feel so blessed and happy in moments like this where it spurs me on to write more and get all the strange little moments floating in my head out into the world.
If you're interested, here are the links to the two articles.
Note: image was created using Canva AI app and the prompt used was "A blonde woman in a sunflower field wearing a sundress and laughing" because this is how I feel.
Amra Pajalić is an award-winning author, an editor and teacher who draws on her Bosnian cultural heritage to write own voices stories for young people, who like her, are searching to mediate their identity and take pride in their diverse culture. She writes memoir, young adult and romance under the pen name Mae Archer.
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